No Human Has Seen Tonight's Full Honey Moon in Nearly 100 Years

By Jordan Kushins on at

Tonight the world will experience the first full honey moon in almost 100 years. It will appear golden and huge in the sky, so pay attention because it will not happen again until June 2098.

This Friday the 13th will be extra-beautiful (or creepy, depending on your perspective) because this month's full moon coincides with its perigee—when it's closest to earth during its orbit—so it will appear super large on the horizon. Pair that with the June summer solstice—when the sun cuts its highest path in the sky—and a smattering of atmospheric dust and pollution, and the whole thing will give off an amber—or "honey"—hue. In the UK, you can expect to see the rare sight at around 2:30am.

Now, obviously this is just a coincidence. There is absolutely no reason to suspect that somehow this rare lunar alignment (which we'll next experience in in June 2098) will signal some kind of larger global mayhem. Just to be safe, however: Lovelorn, luck-averse lycanthropes are advised to stay indoors, as this seems like the perfect start to a Jason Voorhees vs. Teenwolf slasher flick.

If you're fogged in or living in the wrong time zone, you can catch a live-feed here from Slooh's community observatories in the Canary Islands and Chile.

Photo of 2012 Supermoon from Toroweap via Flickr user Jason Hines.